Napier was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. It was decided to rebuild in Art Deco style, so it now includes an amazing and delightful collection of buildings of that architecture.
And Art Deco is a ncie style from the 20's, I know a few Art Déco buildings in Portugal, two of them are Hotels in the center of the Country, in COimbra and Curia.
They are also good examples of Art Déco, like yours.
I'd like to see your few Art Deco buildings, Alex. Actually there's lots in Portugal I'd like to see!
I liked Napier but stayed in Hastings which was destroyed in the same earthquake, and was also partially rebuilt in the Art Deco style they also rebuilt in Spanish Mision revival and in a mixture of both for an interesting effect.
Some of my photos are at http://www.panoramio.com/user/516885/tags/Hastings
Although I hadn't commented yet on your Hastings photos, I've enjoyed them. In fact I'd checked to make sure your Westermans shots weren't the same building as that of the gallery in Napier that I've posted. They're very good, and if it had been the same building, I wouldn't have bothered putting up mine.
Unfortunately we didn't get to the downtown of Hastings. We'd stayed in Napier and used our limited time to find and drive up Te Mata, and then to find our way to the road toward Wellington. The route was not well marked, and in the process, we lost time that could better have been used in visiting Hastings. We did enjoy the Te Mata view, however.
I understand not finding the road to Te Mata easily it took us a few attempts too, we came up from Wellington on our way through to the top of the island. Our stay was way too short and we plan to go back in Feb 2011 for the festival in Hawks Bay.
Like you I have many photos I have decided against putting up as the subject has been well covered and mine will not add any more but just crowd out what is there.
I have a 360 Panorama atken at Te mata and I agree it was worth finding the road there.
Yes, jimmy, part of an amazing group of Art Deco buildings. Greetings from Canada.
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